Moffat County Humane Society at max capacity — pets need forever homes

Pets are a ubiquitous part of American life. They share space in family photos, help the agricultural community keep pests at bay and provide services with affection in hospitals.

But many get left in animal shelters.

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To see cats and dogs currently up for adoption, visit humanesocietyofmoffatcounty.org.

Ann Anderson, the Moffat County Humane Society secretary, is anxious to help the left-behind animals find a home.

Currently the local shelter is housing 21 dogs and 17 cats. That means they arePets are a ubiquitous part of American life. They share space in family photos, help the agricultural community keep pests at bay and provide services with affection in hospitals.

But many get left in animal shelters.

Ann Anderson, the Moffat County Humane Society secretary, is anxious to help the left-behind animals find a home.

Currently the local shelter is housing 21 dogs and 17 cats. That means they are at capacity for dogs. There is no more room for incoming animals in need, and the shelter can only keep animals for a brief period of time.

“When it gets to this point of having so many animals we have to make hard decisions,” Anderson said.

There are always more animals that need a space to stay while waiting to find a family, she said.

“There’s a ranch that wants to bring me 10 puppies,” she said.

But, right now, she can’t feasibly take in more dogs.

Anderson is working to avoid tough decisions by finding different methods of getting critters out of the shelter.

“It’s going to take different avenues,” she said.

Besides finding an animal a new home, she also is looking at temporary solutions. Anderson is working to transfer animals to other shelters and she is also looking for good foster families; people who could house a pet for a temporary period.

Eve Singleton is one of those people who recently become a foster parent to a couple dogs in need of a home.

“If I could help get them out of the cages it’d be better,” she said.

Singleton took in two pets temporarily in the summer. One found a home within three days, but the other, Star, a Siberian Husky, ended up winning Singleton and her family over. Star is now a permanent member of her family.

“Something just clicked,” she said. “She’s pretty awesome.”

It’s a hard job, she said. Animals come and go, and Anderson becomes attached.

“I fall in love with one a week,” she said.

Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

at capacity for dogs. There is no more room for incoming animals in need, and the shelter can only keep animals for a brief period of time.

“When it gets to this point of having so many animals we have to make hard decisions,” Anderson said.

There are always more animals that need a space to stay while waiting to find a family, she said.

“There’s a ranch that wants to bring me 10 puppies,” she said.

But, right now, she can feasibly take in more dogs.

Anderson is working to avoid tough decisions by finding different methods of getting critters out of the shelter.

“It’s going to take different avenues,” she said.

Besides finding an animal a new home, she also is looking at temporary solutions. Anderson is working to transfer animals to other shelters and she is also looking for good foster families; people who could house a pet for a temporary period.

Eve Singleton is one of those people who recently become a foster parent to a couple dogs in need of a home.

“If I could help get them out of the cages it’d be better,” she said.

Singleton took in two pets temporarily in the summer. One found a home within three days, but the other, Star, a Siberian Husky, ended up winning Singleton and her family over. Star is now a permanent member of her family.

“Something just clicked,” she said. “She’s pretty awesome.”

It’s a hard job, she said. Animals come and go, and Anderson becomes attached.

“I fall in love with one a week,” she said.

Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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